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The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old

by Hendrik Groen Author · Hester Velmans Translator


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Hendrik Groen may be old, but he is far from dead and isn't planning to be buried any time soon. So he sets out to write an exposé: a year in the life of his care home in Amsterdam, revealing all its ups and downs - not least his new endeavour the anarchic Old-But-Not Dead Club. And when Eefje moves in - the woman Hendrik has always longed for - he polishes his shoes (and his teeth), grooms what's left of his hair and attempts to make something of the life he has left, with hilarious, tender and devastating consequences.

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Penguin Books Ltd
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Hendrik Groen (Author)

Hendrik Groen started his diaries on the literary website of Torpedo magazine. His first diary The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 ¼ Years Old has been translated into over thirty languages and On The Bright Side went straight to number 1 in its...

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Hester Velmans (Translator)

Hester Velmans is a translator specializing in contemporary Dutch and French literature. Her translation of Renate Dorrestein's A Heart of Stone won the Authors' Society's Vondel Prize, and in 2014 she was awarded an NEA Translation Fellowship to ...

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